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Play is an important part of children's learning and development. Find articles on how to intentionally connect play and learning, ideas to share with families, and the latest research about learning and play.

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Teaching Young Children
October 1, 2012

Pumpkin Fun: Safe, Tasty, and Educational

Fall is a fun time of year to explore nature—especially pumpkins. Here are some tips to help children stay safe and healthy while getting to know this great orange squash.
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2018

Mensaje en la mochila™: Receta de burbujas

Este mensaje es para recortarse, fotocopiarse y enviarse a casa con los niños como recurso para los padres. Está disponible también por internet en NAEYC.org/tyc.
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2017

Mensaje en la mochila™: Los sonidos y la música de animales

Este mensaje es para recortarse, fotocopiarse y enviarse a casa con los niños como recurso para los padres. Está disponible también por Internet en NAEYC.org/tyc.

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Authored by: H. Ellie Falter
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May 2, 2018

Fingerprints Upon My Heart

After forming a close bond with a student in his classroom, this preschool teacher shares his testimony on the power of play—and how it helped him through grief and retrospection after the passing of a loved one.

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Authored by: Darius Phelps
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2018

Bringing Active Play Indoors

Increasing core strength and hand–eye coordination can help preschoolers improve their gross motor abilities. Consider these activities for bringing active play inside!

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Authored by: Lisa Mufson Bresson
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2018

Play Games, Learn Math! Pattern Block Puzzles

Children learn about shapes by playing with them and manipulating them. The games in this article guide children’s learning as they do both.

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Authored by: Kristen E. Reed, Jessica Mercer Young
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2018

Preschool Play Plans: Mud-Luscious Play

This is the second article in Preschool Play Plans, a TYC series. These are ideas for open-ended indoor and outdoor activities that use inexpensive or free materials—bubbles, mud, chalk, playdough, and cardboard boxes.

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Authored by: Blakely Bundy, ​Diane E. Levin, members of TRUCE
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March 5, 2018

Playing, Exploring, and Discovering with Chores at Home

Our afternoon of raking leaves opened my eyes to the opportunities everyday chores can offer for playing, exploring, and discovering. Here are some of the chores around our home that we have found to be exciting.

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Authored by: Kristin Roberts
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February 21, 2017

11 Reasons to Take the Kids Outside

When the kids are sad or too loud or when fights break out, taking the kids outside seems to fix everything, especially if running water, sand or soil is involved.

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Authored by: Julia Luckenbill
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